The English raised the Territorial Army in 1920 through the Indian Territorial Act of 1920. It was comprised of two wings namely – ‘The Auxiliary Force’ for Europeans & Anglo-Indians, and ‘The Indian Territorial Force’ for Indian Volunteers. After Independence, the Territorial Army Act was passed in 1948. The first Indian Governor General Shri C Rajagopalachari formally inaugurated the Territorial Army. It is celebrated with the TA Day Parade every year.
Above all, the Territorial Army initially had various types of units such as Armed Regt (TA), Infantry Battalion (TA), Air Defence (TA), Med Regt (TA), Engineers Field Park Coy (TA), Signal Regiment (TA), EME Workshop (TA), Coast Battery (TA), ASC GT Coy (TA), ASC Compo Platoon (TA), AMC Field Ambulance (TA). But, by 1972 these units have either been disbanded or converted to Regular Army except Inf Bn (TA).
However, the Territorial Army is a part of the Regular Army. Its present role is to relieve the Regular Army from static duties. And also, assist the civil administration in dealing with natural calamities. In addition to that, TA also helps in the maintenance of essential services in situations where the life of the communities is affected or the security of the country is threatened. In addition, it also provides units for Regular Army as and when required.
Territorial Army Eligibility Criteria:
Firstly check the eligibility criteria for Territorial Army Civilians and Ex-Servicemen posts.
Territorial Army Eligibility Criteria for Civilians:
- Nationality: Candidates must be citizens of India.
- Age Limits: The age of candidates should be between 18 and 42 years on the date of application.
- Educational Qualifications: Must have completed graduation from a recognized university
- Physical Standards: Candidates must be physically and medically fit in all respects.
- Employment status: Gainfully employed with income proof
Territorial Army Eligibility Criteria for Ex-Servicemen:
- Only the Ex-Service Officers can apply who are in the age group of 18 to 42 years can apply. Also, Candidates must be a graduate and physically and mentally fit.
- Secondly, Serving members of the Regular Army/ Navy/ Air Force/ Police/ GREF/ Para Military and other forces are not eligible.
Centers of Examination:
All over India, the total number of centers for the Territorial army exam is 17 in various cities. List of centers is as follows:
Detailed Syllabus & Pattern of the Examination:
The standard of the papers in Elementary Mathematics will be a Matriculation level. Also, The standard of papers in other subjects is of graduation level.
- TIME: The maximum time for each paper is 02 hrs and will be conducted in two sessions.
- TYPE OF EXAM: Objective (OMR Answer Sheet based).
- QUALIFYING MARKS: Minimum 40% marks in each part of the paper separately and the overall average of 50%.
- PENALTY FOR WRONG ANSWERS: Candidates should note that there will also be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate.
Paper – I. Reasoning and Elementary Mathematics:
- Part – 1 (Reasoning): The question paper will be designed to test the candidate’s ability to complete sequences making logical conclusions based on the simple patter of numbers, statements, figures, letters, etc as may be expected of a rational thinking person without any special study of the subject.
- Part – 2. Elementary (Mathematics)
- Arithmetic- Number System: natural numbers, integers, rational and real numbers. Fundamental operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square roots, decimal fraction.
- Unitary Method: Time and distance, time and work, percentages, application to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation.
- Elementary Number Theory: Division algorithm, prime and composite numbers. Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 & 11. Multiples and factors, factorization theorem, HCF and LCM. Euclidean algorithm, logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.
- Algebra. Basic operations, simple factors, remainder theorem, HCF, LCM, Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients (only real roots considered). Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns-analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear equations in two variables and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable and their solutions. Set language and set notation, Rational expressions, and conditional identities, laws of indices.
- Trigonometry. Sine x, cosine x, tangent x when O° < x < 90°. Values of sine x, cos x and ten x, for x = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° & 90°. Simple trigonometric identities. Use of trigonometric tables. Simple cases of heights and distances.
- Geometry. Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures theorems on: Properties of angles at a point, Parallel lines, Sides and angles of a triangle, Congruency of triangles, Similar triangles, Concurrence of medians and altitudes, Properties of angles, sides, and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle, and square, Circle and its properties, including tangents and normal, Loci.
- Mensuration. Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle, and circle. Areas of figures which can bisect into the figures (field book). Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of a right circular area of cylinders. Surface area and volume of spheres.
- Statistics. Collection and tabulation of statistical data, graphical Numbers representation-frequency polygons, bar charts, pie charts, etc. Measures of central tendency.
Paper-II (General Knowledge and English):
- Part – 1. General Knowledge. General knowledge including knowledge of current events and such matters of everyday observation and experience in scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on the history of India and the geography of nature which candidates can answer without special study.
- Part – 2. English. The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words. Questions in English covers synonyms, antonyms, reading comprehension, Para jumbles, error spotting, jumbled sentences, sentence correction and fill in the blanks.
- Candidates have to pay a fee of Rs 200/- (Rupees two hundred only).
- Candidates should note that payment of examination has to made only through the modes prescribed at the website.
- Payment of fee through any other mode is neither valid nor acceptable. Therefore, Applications submitted without the prescribed fee/mode shall be summarily rejected.
- In addition, fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances nor can the fee be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.
HOW TO APPLY. Candidates can apply online by using the website www.jointerritorialarmy.gov.in. Brief instructions for filling up the online Application Form (IAF(TA)-9 (Revised) Part- 1) are available on the website.
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